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Polygamer is a biweekly audio podcast that encourages and celebrates equality and diversity in gaming by interviewing voices pushing for change. By speaking with traditionally marginalized voices, Polygamer provides a platform to discuss problems and seek perspective on matters of sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, and more, within our industry, our community, and our games. Polygamer publishes on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, and TuneIn the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

This podcast was inspired by a PAX East 2014 panel, "Sex, Sexy & Sexism: Fixing Gender Inequality in Gaming", featuring Ken Gagne, Susan Arendt, Brianna Wu, Tifa Robles, and Duane de Four. That panel was in turn inspired by Anita Sarkeesian's Kickstarter for Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.

About the Host

Ken Gagne is Polygamer's straight, white, cisgendered, male host. Over the course of these interviews, he hopes to diminish his ignorance of other people's experiences and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a gamer in the 21st century.

Ken has been a gamer since the Atari 2600 and Apple II. He was the community manager (sysop) of the Video Gaming Central Forum on CompuServe (1994–2004) and of the Gamebits forum on Syndicomm Online (2001–2006). He has been a member of the press since 1997 as a reporter, editor, and freelancer, having been published in such outlets as Computerworld, PCWorld, ITworld, and TechHive. He has spoken at conferences in Boston, Denver, and Kansas City on such subjects as podcasting, retrocomputing, crowdfunding, and WordPress.

Ken brings years of podcasting experience to Polygamer, having been the producer of the Computerworld Editor's Note, founder and host of MS Challenge Talk, and founder and co-host of Open Apple. He is also currently the host of IndieSider and publisher of The Pubcast, and a recurring guest of the Retro Computing Roundtable.

Credits

Interviews are recorded with a Logitech USB H530 headset, Skype, and Audio Hijack Pro; edited with Audacity, Levelator, and iTunes; published with WordPress and Blubrry; and hosted with DreamHost.

This site was designed by Moira Racich based on the Blox theme. Racich further adapted the logo by whiteseobox into the MP3's album artwork.

The website's content is created and maintained using such software as BBEdit, MarsEdit, GraphicConverter, Transmit, and Chrome.

My thanks to Andy Molloy, Lorien Green, Aleen Simms, Nicole Tompkins-Hughes, T.J. Awrey, Michele DeFilippo, and Lon Seidman for their support.

Disclaimers

Ken Gagne is active on Kickstarter and Patreon; his profiles and the projects and artists I've backed are public. Any potential conflicts of interest will be cited in the associated blog post and/or podcast.

Polygamer is an independent publication that is not affiliated with Polygamer.com, Less Than or Equal, Juiced.GS, Open Apple, the Retro Computing Roundtable, the Polygamerous podcast, my employers, or any other organization. The views and opinions expressed on this show are solely those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect those of their colleagues or employers.

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Abbey Perl is the founder of the Diverse Gaming Coalition , a non-profit organization charged with ending bullying both online and off. Founded in 2016, the Diverse Gaming Coalition provides resources, education, and safe spaces by organizing events and entertainment media. In this episode, I spoke with Abbey about her own experience with bullying and being doxxed; how her non-profit tackles bullying while also being fun; the story behind the group's comic book, Life on the Outside ; the...
Topics: Abbey Perl, Abbey Sager, bullying, Diverse Gaming Coalition, harassment, PAX, PAX East
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/07/11/pg79-abbey-perl/
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Jun 13, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Katie Kaitchuck is the executive director of GaymerX , an LGBT-focused gaming convention. In the past year, the organization became a non-profit, separated from the for-profit MidBoss Games, sent diverse indie developers to GDC, and began planning next year's GaymerX conventions. Amid all this and after only two months as GaymerX's program director, Kaitchuck became executive director in April 2018 and is now charting the future of the organization. In this episode, Kaitchuck and I discuss the...
Topics: executive director, gay, GaymerX, GXEast, Katie Kaitchuck, LGBT, LGBTQ, MidBoss, Pride Month, queer
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/06/13/pg78-katie-kaitchuck/
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May 9, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Harris O'Malley is Dr. NerdLove , a dating coach who gives advice to geeks of all stripes via his blog, podcast, YouTube channel, and column for Kotaku. Aiming to offset the toxic masculinity of The Red Pill and men's rights activists, O'Malley encourages healthy platonic and romantic relationships, with video games being a shared interest in which to connect and remain connected with fellow geeks. In this episode, I chat with Dr. NerdLove about his evolution from pick-up artist to feminist;...
Topics: dating, Dr. NerdLove, Good Men Project, Harris O'Malley, pickup artist, PUA, World of Warcraft
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/05/09/pg77-dr-nerdlove/
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Apr 11, 2018 Ken Gagne
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In four short years, Patreon has enabled thousands of gamers to take their journalism, podcasts, and channels to the next level. It’s proven a popular alternative to the whims of Google’s "adpocalypse"—though Patreon’s had a few bumps of its own along the way. On the PAX East 2018 panel " Gaming Patreon: Building Community for Fun and Profit ", I chatted with three Patreon creators to learn about their crowdfunding strategies, setting effective goals and rewards,...
Topics: I Need Diverse Games, Ian Danskin, Innuendo Studios, Lon Seidman, Patreon, Tanya C DePass, Tanya...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/04/11/pg76-patreon/
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Mar 21, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Queens of Adventure is a comedy-adventure podcast in which four drag queens slay their way through pencil-and-paper role-playing games. Adapted from the live stage show Dungeons & Drag Queens , Queens of Adventure has as its dungeon master Matt Baume, host of the podcast Sewers of Paris , director of documentary Playing with Pride , and returning guest of Polygamer . On this episode, Matt provides an introductory lesson to drag and how it's similar to D&D; how he'll adapt an...
Topics: crowdfunding, D&D, drag, drag queens, Dungeons & Drag Queens, Dungeons & Dragons,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/03/21/pg75-matt-baume/
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Jan 17, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Joseph Bein is the president & creative lead of Out of Sight Games , developer of the audio game A Hero's Call . The studio's first game, A Hero's Call was designed to be accessible by visually impaired gamers, including half of Out of Sight Games, who built their own game engine to ensure the game's accessibility. In this interview, Bein talks about what kinds of games tend to be more accessible to blind gamers; what developers can do to improve their games' accessibility; whether or not...
Topics: A Hero's Call, accessibility, Adriane Kuzminski, blind, IDGA, Joseph Bein, Kickstarter, Out of...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/01/17/pg74-joseph-bein/
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Dec 13, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Wally S is a game developer, author, artist, and cosplayer who has written such Twine games as The Leggy Blond and Your Merman Boyfriend. Wally recently made their GaymerX East speaking debut with the presentation " The Great Chasm of Nonbinary Content and How We Can Fill It ", examining not only how far LGBT representation has come in video game narratives, but how much further there is still to go for nonbinary characters, whether gender is even necessary in games, and how our...
Topics: agender, bigender, GaymerX, genderfluid, genderqueer, GXEast, nonbinary, nongender, Twine, Wally S
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/12/13/pg73-wally-s/
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Nov 8, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Nicole Hunter is a freelance writer and a moderator for Black Gamers Revolution . This community Black gamers extends to Twitter, Tumblr, Twitch, and Discord, providing a safe space for Black gamers to share their experiences free of harassment or the wed to educate others. The group regularly plays in online games such as Overwatch, League of Legends, and Destiny 2. In this episode, I chat with Nicole about how she got her start as a freelance writer, how she decides what to publish where, and...
Topics: Black, Black Gamers Revolution, Black Girl Gaming, community, Destiny 2, Discord, freelance, Golf...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/11/08/pg72-nicole-hunter/
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Oct 11, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Susan Arendt is the editor-in-chief of Genii Online , a website that covers magic and deception for magicians and anyone interested in the art and craft of magic. While Genii has existed as a print magazine since 1936, Genii Online's September 2017 launch marked the publication's online debut. It also marked a shift for Susan: after many successful years helming gaming publications such as GamesRadar+ , Joystiq , and The Escapist , Susan is bringing her digital media experience and expertise to...
Topics: cardistry, Continue, deception, Genii, Genii Online, Magic, magicians, podcast, Susan Arendt, Take...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/10/11/pg71-susan-arendt/
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Sep 13, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Kellian Adams Pletcher is the mastermind behind Green Door Labs , which builds location-based, transmedia games for museums and non-profits. Kids and adults alike use smartphones, pencil and paper, and other tools to learn the stories behind art, what life was like on the Oregon Trail, how to use a library, and more. Green Door Labs' experiences leverage existing resources and platforms to make the design of fun, interactive experience accessible to any organization, no matter what the budget....
Topics: gamification, Green Door Labs, Kellian Adams, Kellian Adams Pletcher, LevelUp, museums,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/09/13/pg70-green-door-labs/
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Aug 9, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Tanya DePass is the founder of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit that advocates for diversity in gaming. In addition to offering speaking engagements, GDC scholarships, and diversity programming at events such as GaymerX, Tanya has also hosted Fresh Out of Tokens , a weekly interview-based podcast, in which she interviewed such gaming luminaries as Zoë Quinn, David Gaider, and Jim Sterling. After two years and 95 episodes, Fresh Out of Tokens , went off the air in July 2017. In this episode...
Topics: Fresh Out of Tokens, GenCon, hashtag, I Need Diverse Games, INeedDivGms, OrcaCon, PAX, podcast,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/08/09/pg69-tanya-depass/
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Jul 12, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Katie Hallahan is the chief communications officer, co-founder, game designer, and public relations director for Phoenix Online Studios , a developer and publisher of point-and-click adventure games. The studio began in 2002 when Katie and her fellow directors set out to create an unofficial King's Quest fan game, The Silver Lining, the fifth and final episode of which is releasing this year. Phoenix Online Studios has since partnered with legendary game designer Jane Jensen to release...
Topics: 411mania.com, Activision, Adventure Game Studio, Adventure Games, AGS, Fear the Walking Dead, Game...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/07/12/pg68-katie-hallahan/
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Jun 28, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Sarah LeBoeuf is a freelance writer, editor, and all-around nerd. Her video game reviews, features, and event coverage have appeared on such storied publications as Nerdist, Mashable, Ars Technica, Escapist, Digital Trends, GamesRadar+, and more. Sarah also serves on the board of Take This, a non-profit that addresses mental health issues in the video game industry and community. In this podcast, Sarah has just returned home from the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which she covered...
Topics: Breath of the Wild, E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nerdist, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch, Sarah...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/06/28/pg67-sarah-leboeuf/
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The Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota is an archive and research center dedicated to preserving the history of information technology. Instead of physical hardware and software, the CBI preserves the culture and stories of the IT industry, as told by both those who created it and those whom it impacted. Its extensive collection on Social Issues in Computing exemplifies the many challenges that have arisen as the result of the evolution and proliferation of technology,...
Topics: Amanda Wick, archive, Arvid Nelsen, CBI, Charles Babbage Institute, library, Minneapolis, UMN,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/05/24/pg66-charles-babbage-institute/
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May 10, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Kishonna Gray is a visiting scholar at MIT's Comparative Media Studies/Writing department, where she teaches Women & Gender Studies. She comes from Eastern Kentucky University, where she founded the Critical Gaming Lab; and from Arizona State University, where earned her Ph.D. in justice studies. She is the author of Race, Gender, and Deviance in Xbox Live , in which she examines deviant behavior in online gaming. In this episode of Polygamer , I ask Kishonna about the correlation between...
Topics: Arizona State University, ASU, BAMIT, Cambridge, CMSW, Critical Gaming Lab, Eastern Kentucky...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/05/10/pg65-kishonna-gray/
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Apr 26, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Noah J. Springer recently published his Ph.D. dissertation about reddit, in which he analyzed the cultural practices, technological affordances, hybrid economics, and politics of reddit's public sphere. During the course of Springer's research, GamerGate erupted, bringing into existence the subreddits of Kotaku In Action and GamerGhazi, affording Springer the opportunity to witness the emergence and evolution of these publics and counterpublics. In this episode of Polygamer , I speak with...
Topics: dissertation, GamerGate, GamerGhazi, KiA, Kotaku In Action, Noah J. Springer, Noah Springer, Ph.D.,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/04/26/pg64-noah-springer/
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Apr 12, 2017 Ken Gagne
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This week's Polygamer podcast is the audio from the PAX East panel " +1 to Journalism: Becoming a Better Writer ", held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, 4:00–5:00 PM in Bobcat Theatre. What do you need to know to make it as a games journalist? What pitches do editors love to get, and what tropes have been done to death? Whether you’re helping consumers make informed purchasing decisions, unearthing the history of a franchise, or critiquing video games as art, you have to convey a lot of...
Topics: +1 to Journalism, Alexander Sliwinski, editing, editors, Jonathan Holmes, journalism, PAX, PAX...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/04/12/pg63-paxjourno2017/
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Mar 15, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Sabriel Mastin is the head of social media and support for Overbuff , a stats-tracking website for Overwatch, the popular first-person shooter from Warcraft developer Blizzard. When not competing in competitive multiplayer matches as Tracer or Ana, Sabriel is engaging with fans on Facebook and Twitter, congratulating them on their gameplay and helping them track their improvement using Overbuff. Sabriel is also a frequent panelist at PAX East, where she advocates for diversity and LGBT...
Topics: Activision, Activision Blizzard, Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment, BlizzCon, e-sports, esports,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/03/15/pg62-sabriel_mastin/
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Mar 1, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Jonathan Holmes is the former editor-in-chief of Destructoid and a frequent contributor to that site as well as many others, including Nintendo Force and A Profound Waste of Time . He is also a voice actor and a frequent speaker and panelist at video game conventions. Next week, he and I will be appearing on the PAX East 2017 panel " +1 to Journalism ". In advance of that event, this week Jonathan and I discuss the spat that YouTube celebrity PewDiePie is having with the Wall Street...
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Feb 15, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Kungfufruitcup is a variety streamer and speedrunner. In her live Twitch stream, she races to finish video games as quickly as possible, mastering a game's precise timing and patterns — and the occasional glitch — to break all records. She is also a regular attendee and commentator at Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), the biannual speedrun charity marathon; and is co-captain of Girls On Fire, an all-women speedrun team on Twitch. In this episode, Ken and Fufu discuss how to get under the...
Topics: AGDQ, Awesome Games Done Quick, Girls On Fire, glitch, Kirby 64, Kungfufruitcup, marathon,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/02/15/pg60-kungfufruitcup/
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Jan 25, 2017 Ken Gagne
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EMiSpicer is a video game culture photographer who travels the world capturing gaming events and moments. From GaymerX in New York and California to Fantastic Arcade in Texas and Blip Festival in Japan, EMiSpicer has documented conventions, conferences, festivals, and competitions with her artistic photography. When not moving, she's at home as the social media manager for MidBoss Games, developer of 2064: Read Only Memories. In this interview, I asked EMiSpicer how she evokes the spirit of...
Topics: 2064, chiptune, culture, EMiSpicer, MidBoss, photographer, photography, pop culture, Read Only...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/01/25/pg59-emispicer/
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Jan 11, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Matt Baume is the writer and storyteller behind the book Defining Marriage and the audio podcast Sewers of Paris , in which he interviews members of the gay community about their experiences and relationships with marriage and entertainment media. His latest ambition is Playing With Pride , a video project in which he and partner James Morris share the stories of attendees of GaymerX, an annual video game convention for the LGBT+ community. Featuring interviews with Sabriel Mastin, Susan...
Topics: Defining Marriage, documentary, James Morris, Matt Baume, Playing With Pride, Sewers of Paris,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/01/11/pg58-matt-baume/
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Dec 14, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Natalie Juhasz is the co-founder and creative lead of indie game studio ReVenture Games . After producing several successful point-and-click adventure games in the Lorna Bains franchise, Juhasz and co-founder Marcus Seyer have launched an Indiegogo campaign for their first commercial title: Lorna Bains in 'For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls' . As part of their exploration of narrative, the studio also recently attended narrative games convention AdventureX, where Juhasz attended several panels...
Topics: Adventure Game Studio, Adventure Games, AGS, crowdfunding, For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls, Lorna...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/12/14/pg57-natalie-juhasz/
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Nov 23, 2016 Ken Gagne
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GaymerX, the world's only annual video game and geek culture convention for the LGBT+ community and its allies, has arrived on the East Coast! After four successful events in California and one in Australia, the first GaymerX East was held in New York City the weekend of November 11–13. I attended GXE, as did many other Polygamer alumni. I invited three of them to participate in a panel about their work in gaming diversity, how they stay inspired and motivated, and how they define success....
Topic: Francesca Carletto-Leon, GaymerX, GaymerX East, GXE, Khadeja Merenkov, Matt Conn, New York City, NYC
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/11/23/pg56-gaymerx-east/
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Nov 9, 2016 Ken Gagne
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SeriouslyClara is a Twitch content creator who focuses on indie games. After being "tricked" into streaming by a friend, she came to love the community and the support they offered her in response to her honesty and authenticity. She now streams to her channel's 22,000 subscribers several times a week, where she plays indie titles and promotes mental health awareness and body positivity. She recently spoke on the PAX West 2016 panel " So You Think Twitch Isn't For You? Guess...
Topic: childfree, Clara, indie, introvert, livestream, Owlboy, Sandbox Strategies, SeriouslyClara, stream,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/11/09/pg55-seriouslyclara/
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Oct 26, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Amy Allison of the Vice President on the Executive Board of Women in Games International (WIGI), an organization that promotes the inclusion and advancement of women in the global games industry. In collaboration with the Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles, Allison recently pioneered the introduction of a video games patch, offering young women hands-on lessons in video game development and design over the course of two workshops held this fall at Sony Santa Monica. In this interview, Amy Allison...
Topics: Amy Allison, badge, Brownie, California, Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles, Girl Scouts...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/10/26/pg54-amy-allison/
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Oct 12, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Ian Danskin is a freelance animator, writer, video editor, and visual essayist. His YouTube channel, Innuendo Studios , hosts a dozen videos analyzing aspects of gaming culture and media, including how fame manifests itself in the gaming industry, using Phil Fish of Fez as a case study; the evolution and manifestations of Sonic the Hedgehog; and how GamerGate exploited angry gamers to launch a harassment campaign. In this interview, Ian and I nearly come to blows over who made the better...
Topics: Adobe Premiere Pro, Angry Jack, Donald Trump, FCP7, FCPX, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/10/12/pg53-ian-danskin/
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Sep 28, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Tristan D. Lalla is a star of stage, screen, and game. His video game voice-acting portfolio includes Far Cry 2, Deus Ex Human Evolution, Rainbow Six: Siege — and, most notably, the slave-turned-pirate Adéwale in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and its sequels and DLC. But both Tristan and Adéwale had to grow into their roles: Tristan overcome both a speech disorder and shyness to become an actor, and Adéwale was originally from Martinique until Tristan invested his Trinidadian heritage...
Topics: acting, actor, Adéwale, Assassin's Creed, Black Flag, Freedom Cry, Montreal, representation,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/09/28/pg52-tristan-lalla/
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Sep 14, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Ben Chicka is the co-host of TheoNerd , a podcast about theology, philosophy, faith, and ethics. Encouraged by the reception of his PAX East 2015 panel "The Science of Online Bullying: A Lesson in Diversity", Ben and fellow panelist Andrew Tripp founded the podcast to examine connections and correlations between theological concepts and pop culture. Ben attended PAX East 2016 and produced a series of audio interviews with such gaming luminaries as Susan Arendt, Patrick Klepek, Justin...
Topics: Ben Chicka, Benjamin Chicka, philosophy, religion, theology, TheoNerd
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/09/14/pg51-ben-chicka/
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The Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation (IFTF) is a new non-profit charged with supporting the tools, infrastructure, and legal needs of the interactive fiction community. Also known as text adventures, interactive fiction is one of digital entertainment's oldest storytelling media, and one that is enjoying a renewed interest, thanks to the annual competition IFComp and the IF Archive database, both of which the IFTF now supports. In this week's episode, I speak with Chris Klimas,...
Topics: Chris Klimas, development, game design, GET LAMP, IF, IF Archive, IFComp, IFTF, IFTFoundation,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/08/24/pg50-iftfoundation/
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Aug 10, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Serenity Caldwell is the managing editor at iMore, a features and reviews site for all things Apple. As part of her mission to help Apple users get the most from their iPhones, Serenity has penned a definitive series of articles for playing Pokémon GO, the mobile game that launched on June 6 and has since amassed more users than Twitter and higher engagement than Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and Tinder. In this episode of Polygamer , Serenity and I theorize why Pokémon GO is so...
Topics: Apple, Artoo Detoonate, Computerworld, IDG, iMore, iOS, iPhone, Macworld, Mobile Nations, Niantic,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/08/10/pg49-serenity-caldwell/
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Aug 3, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Star Trek Beyond has hit theaters, and it's astounding. Featuring a script that balances character development with jaw-dropping action from a diverse cast that includes the villain Krall, the alien heroine Jaylah, and respectful nods to Star Trek Enterprise and The Original Series , this third film in the franchise's rebooted 'Kelvin' universe corrects all the missteps in its predecessor, Star Trek Into Darkness . It may not be a video game, but this movie needs a dedicated podcast episode —...
Topics: Bones, CBS, Chekhov, Discovery, Gene Roddenberry, Jaylah, Kelvin, Kirk, McCoy, Paramount, Prime,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/08/03/pg-sq1-star-trek-beyond/?utm_source=plyg.me&utm_medium=yourls
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Jul 27, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Gillian Smith is a professor of Art+Design and Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston. Her field of study is procedural content generation, in which aspects of a game — the world, its inhabitants, individual levels — are created on-the-fly. The resulting output, rather than being completely random, follows a predefined set of rules that results in a world that conforms to its designer's vision, even if the exact manifestation is unexpected. In her essay " A proceduralist...
Topics: BrowserQuest, Gillian Smith, Passage, procedural content, procedural content generation, procedural...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/07/27/pg48-gillian-smith/
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Christian Donlan is a prolific writer, having contributed to Edge magazine, co-founded gaming site Hookshot, and co-created the animated children's show Everybody Loves a Moose . After four years of freelancing for Eurogamer.net , he joined the staff as associate editor. His portfolio for that site exceeds 800 articles that demonstrate his passion for gaming as an art form. In early 2014, Christian woke up to tingling in his fingers and toes. Several visits to the neurologist produced a...
Topics: Christian Donlan, Edge, Eurogamer, Eurogamer.net, Everybody Loves a Moose, Hookshot, MS, multiple...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/07/22/pg26-christian-donlan/
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Jul 13, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Mike Robles, social media manager for mental health non-profit Take This, is an industry veteran with many prominent studios on his résumé: including Microsoft, Wizards of the Coast, and Lone Shark Games. He helped build and support the Killer Instinct community when Rare's fighting game debuted on the Xbox One, and he's an frequent attendee at the Evolution World Championship Series, occurring this weekend in Las Vegas. Mike is also involved in the Magic: The Gathering community, helping...
Topics: Avalon Hill, Betrayal at House on the Hill, board games, Evo, Killer Instinct, Lady Planeswalker...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/07/13/pg47-mike-robles/
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Jun 22, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Tatjana Vejnovic is a writer, editor, student, panelist, and former retailer. Her PAX East panel series on why it's really rad being a woman in the games industry has run for three consecutive years, highlighting the strengths and opportunities available to women in a traditionally male-dominated business. When not on stage, she writes for video game website The Koalition , having previously written for several other websites, including one that provided an inside look at retailer GameStop from...
Topics: 9/11, Ask Tatjana, feminism, GameStop, Jelly Tali & Associates LLC, Koalition, panel, PAX East,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/06/22/pg46-tatjana-vejnovic/
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Jun 8, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Every year, PAX East , the biggest video game convention on the East Coast, hosts a panel about breaking into games journalism. Editors from multiple outlets have advised aspiring writers how to pitch a feature story or self-publish — but rarely have they said what happens next. Once you've established a reputation as a talented and reliable writer, what's it like to actually make a career of games journalism? To explore this question, I assembled and moderated the PAX East 2016 panel "...
Topics: Alexa Ray Corriea, Bobcat, Destructoid, Gameranx, GameSpot, GamesRadar, Holly Green, journalism,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/06/08/pg45-paxjourno/
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May 25, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Stephen Duetzmann is the editor-in-chief of Engaged Family Gaming , a website by and for parents to help identify games appropriate for the entire family. Games are a powerful medium for teaching logic, leadership, and empathy — but it takes research and investment to choose the right games. The ESRB ratings are a good first step, but knowing what games your kids are playing and how to participate in their gameplay can turn gaming from a passive, solitary pastime to an active, shared one. In...
Topics: children, Disney Infinity, EFG, Engaged Family Gaming, Knights of Badassdom, LARP, LARPing,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/05/25/pg44-stephen-duetzmann/
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May 11, 2016 Ken Gagne
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The Engagement Lab at Emerson College is an applied research lab in Boston, Massachusetts, dedicated to innovating the ways people participate in civic life and expanding the study of citizenship in a digital era. By working with city and state governments and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Engagement Lab collaborates with partners both locally and globally to develop software that addresses systemic, cultural, and health issues, from global warming to hand-washing. In...
Topics: AbleGamers, academia, Boston, civic engagement, development, digital culture, education, elab,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/05/11/pg43-engagement-lab/
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Apr 27, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Tifa Robles is the founder of the Lady Planeswalkers Society , which aims to create welcoming, friendly environments for women (and everyone) to learn Magic: The Gathering. Since its founding in 2011, the group has grown and now has branches in cities around the globe. In this episode, Tifa and I discuss how the Magic: The Gathering scene has changed in the last five years and what the LPS has done to address issues of harassment; how players can create diverse, safe play spaces, including...
Topics: CCG, family, Lady Planeswalker Society, LPS, Magic, Magic the Gathering, miscarriage, pregnancy,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/04/27/pg42-tifa-robles/
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Apr 22, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Sarah Como is the Chief Operating Officer of Zephyr Workshop, developer of tabletop game A.E.G.I.S. and computer game Flora Fiora. Zephyr was born amidst Sarah's recent education in the game design program at Becker College, which landed her on the PAX East panel "Full-Time Student, Part-Time Indie", in which she discussed juggling these dual roles. Since graduation, Sarah has become active in all aspects of Boston's indie game scene, including working as PR manager for the Boston...
Topics: AEGIS, Becker College, Boston, BostonFIG, Flora Fiora, Massachusetts, MassDIGI, Sarah Como,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/04/22/pg20-sarah-como/
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Apr 13, 2016 Ken Gagne
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The Code Liberation Foundation is a New York City-based non-profit that offers free game programming workshops to those who identify as women. The organization was founded in 2013 by Catt Small, Kay, Jane Friedhoff, Nina Freeman, Phoenix Perry, and Kaira Villanueva, seeking to change the female-to-male ratio in video game development. By creating a safe space free of the pressures often found in a mixed-gender environment, the CLF provides students the opportunities to develop their skills and...
Topics: Adelle Lin, CLF, Code Liberation Foundation, development, education, New York, New York City, NYC,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/04/13/pg41-code-liberation-foundation/
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Mar 23, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Chachi Bobinks is the co-host of The Dialogue Wheel , a fan podcast dedicated to Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and all things BioWare — including diversity! Fittingly, Chachi wears multiple hats herself: podcaster, feminist, PAX Enforcer, parent, and cat lady. How she juggles it all is anyone's guess. In this rollicking hour of hilarity, Ken fires a series of difficult questions at Chachi: What makes BioWare so special that they get their own fan podcast? What's your favorite BioWare game? How...
Topics: BioWare, Chachi Bobinks, Dialogue Wheel, Dragon Age, Enforcer, feminism, GamerGate, Hooters,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/03/23/pg40-chachi-bobinks/
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Feb 10, 2016 Ken Gagne
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SpecialEffect is a UK-based organization that uses technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities by providing them with access to video games. Whether a gamer's challenge arises from a congenital birth issues, car accident, stroke, or war wound, SpecialEffect adapts video game hardware to make games more accessible, all at no cost to the client. In this week's podcast, SpecialEffect communications officer Mark Saville discusses the variety of approaches that the...
Topics: AbleGamers, ableism, accessibility, disabilities, disability, GameBlast, GameBlast16, Mark Saville,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/02/10/pg39-specialeffect/
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Jan 27, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Ashe Dryden is the creator of AlterConf, a traveling conference series of marginalized voices from the tech and gaming industries. Since its founding in 2014, AlterConf has been held at a dozen cities throughout the United States and Canada, hosting talks and panels that go beyond Diversity 101. And in 2016, AlterConf will expand internationally, with events in South Africa, France, India, Australia, Germany, and more. In this podcast, Ashe discusses how AlterConf will address global issues of...
Topics: AlterConf, Ashe Dryden, CoC, Code of Conduct, conference, convention, crowdfunding, Fund Club, The...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/01/27/pg38-ashe-dryden/
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Jan 13, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Carolyn VanEseltine is an accomplished game designer and developer, having worked at such studios as Harmonix and Giant Spacekat. Her recent presentation at Google, " Everyone can make games now ", underscores her belief that the freedom to make games is a basic human right, and that games should open and accessible to all as a medium of artistic expression. But what does it mean to be a game designer? Does one need to know how to program, or is that the province of game developers?...
Topics: Carolyn VanEseltine, Choice of Games, development, game design, game jam, gamejam, Giant Spacekat,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/01/13/pg37-carolyn-vaneseltine/
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Dec 23, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Steven H. Garcia is an artist of gay erotica, especially of the pinup variety. His models are characters from throughout geek fandom, including movies, comics, and video games. His 2016 wall calendar showcase popular icons such as Superman and Batman, Ash from Pokémon, Street Fighter's Ken and Ryu, Spider-Man and Deadpool, Harry Potter, and more. When not creating art, Steven is the co-host of the Gayme On video game podcast. Steven recently exhibited at GX3, the third annual GaymerX...
Topics: art, artist, calendar, erotica, gay erotica, GaymerX, GX3, Northwest Comics, Prism Comics, Steven...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/12/23/pg36-steven-h-garcia/
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Dec 9, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Take This is a non-profit charity that promotes awareness and education of mental health issues through outreach to gamers. Its "AFK Rooms" have become a staple of PAX East, West, South, and Australia, and its holiday stream gives gamers a community to help them through a challenging time of year. Soon, the organization will offer a scholarship to help those gamers who need financial assistance toward mental health counseling. It's been a year since Take This co-founders Susan Arendt...
Topics: AFK Room, anxiety, charity, depression, documentary, fundraiser, Life Is Strange, Mark Kline,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/12/09/pg35-susan-arendt/
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Nov 25, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Taylor Davis is a renowned violinist whose video game, movie, and anime covers have earned her a loyal following. On YouTube, where she has over a million subscribers, her music videos employ stunning backdrops and intricate costumes inspired by the pop culture from which she draws her many tunes. Taylor has released six albums, including a Christmas album and, most recently, a self-titled album of original music. Her music can also be heard in rock band Critical Hit's first album, as well as...
Topics: album, Critical Hit, licensing, monetization, music, musician, Patreon, soundtrack, Taylor Davis,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/11/25/pg34-taylor-davis/
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Francesca Carletto-Leon is the founder of the Diversity in Games club at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts. Currently a senior majoring in Interactive Media & Game Design (IMGD) and Professional Writing (PW), Francesca has been an activist and advocate for awareness and understanding of gender and race in games and gaming community among undergraduates. She recently returned from Japan, where she and her team developed the game Chinmoku for academic credit. In this...
Topics: academia, Chinmoku, DIG, Diversity in Gaming, education, Francesca Carletto-Leon, IMGD, Japan,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/11/11/pg33-francesca-carletto-leon/
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Oct 28, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Matt Conn is the CEO of MidBoss, the studio behind Read Only Memories , a point-and-click adventure game featuring a diverse cast of characters. It is the first game from the same studio that produces the annual GaymerX (GX3) convention and the documentary Gaming in Color . In this interview (originally recorded for the IndieSider podcast), Matt and Ken discuss why MidBoss chose the first-person adventure genre as a vehicle for social justice; who the game's target audience is and what the...
Topics: adventure, Kickstarter, LGBT, Matt Conn, MidBoss, point and click, Read Only Memories, ROM,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/10/28/pg32-matt-conn/
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Oct 16, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Holly Green is the managing editor of Gameranx , a video game news, reviews, and feature site. Not one to limit her outlets, Holly is also an accomplished freelance writer for outlets such as Polygon, where she detailed her challenges with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Most recently, Holly published her first cookbook, Fry Scores: An Unofficial Guide To Video Game Grub , listing real-world recipes for fictional foods. After an initial launch as an Apple iBook, a successful Kickstarter...
Topics: Amazon, cookbook, cooking, ebook, ePub, ethics, Fry Scores, Gameranx, Holly Green, iBooks,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/10/16/pg31-holly-green/
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Sep 30, 2015 Ken Gagne
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GeekGirlCon 2015 , happening October 10–11 in Seattle, celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to gaming, comics, art, science, and technology. This five annual convention creates a safe space at which all geeks are welcome. I chatted with Alyssa Jones , Manager of Gaming, and Danielle Gahl, Public Relations Manager, about what makes GeekGirlCon unique, including its career fair-like GeekGirlConnections room; the inaugural fashion show, and how this event co-exists with the...
Topics: Alyssa Jones, conference, convention, Danielle Gahl, GeekGirlCon, GGC, Seattle
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/09/30/pg30-geekgirlcon/
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Sep 9, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Kara Stone is a independent game developer whose works blend interactive art, self-care, mental health, and feminism. Her non-traditional approach to gaming invites users to contemplate the necessity of agency, the nature of diagnosis, and the definition of a game. Her work is available for multiple platforms, including iOS, SMS, and Web; some, such as Medication Meditation, were developed through Dames Making Games and published by Golden Gear, both in her native Toronto. In this episode of...
Topics: ableism, ableist, Cyber Sext Adventure, Dames Making Games, Ex Machina, feminism, Feminist...
Source: competitive gaming; esports; GameCube; Lilian Chen; Milktea; misogyny; Nintendo; Nintendo GameCube; NYU; Smash Bros.; Super Smash Bros.; Super Smash Bros. Melee; TED; TED-Ed; The New Meta; thenewmeta
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Aug 26, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Benjamin Williams is the co-founder of the PAX Diversity Lounge, a safe space at Penny Arcade Expo conventions that offers marginalized groups free tables and booths with which to represent their products and services. First launched at PAX East 2014, the room has been host to many groups and attendees and has been well-received by many, though concerns over segregation still exist. Benjamin comes to the Diversity Lounge having previously co-founded the Queer Geek community group and having...
Topics: Diversity Lounge, diversity playgroups, PAX, PAX East, PAX Prime, Penny Arcade Expo, Queer Geek,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/08/26/pg28-benjamin-williams/
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Aug 12, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Emma Bell is an accomplished and talented cosplayer, appearing at anime and video game conventions as characters from Mass Effect, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Age, and Agent Carter . Her upcoming appearances include West Coast conventions Anime Revolution and PAX Prime, where her husband and fellow cosplayer Koko will be her helper. The studio arts skills Emma learns from cosplaying feed back into her Etsy shop, where she sells costume pieces, patches, and other accessories. I met Emma at PAX East...
Topics: Anime Revolution, Aria T'Loak, cosplay, costume, design, Emma Bell, emmabellish, gender, PAX, PAX...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/08/12/pg27-emma-bell/
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Jul 8, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Lilian Chen , aka Milktea, joined the competitive gaming scene in high school, when her younger brother introduced her to Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube. As she toured the country participating in e-sports events, she discovered that she was one of the few women in a male-dominated scene. She set out to raise awareness of this gender imbalance by empathizing with, not shaming, the men in the community. After penning a series of Tumblr posts that attracted mainstream...
Topics: competitive gaming, esports, GameCube, Lilian Chen, Milktea, misogyny, Nintendo, Nintendo GameCube,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/07/08/pg25-lilian-chen/
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Jun 24, 2015 Ken Gagne
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In celebration of Father's Day, this week's guest is the host's father, Edward F. Gagne. Born in the 1940s, Ed has witnessed the evolution of entertainment across the better half of a century, from early radio shows to black-and-white televisions to the latest home game consoles. Often a curious and early adopter of technology, Ed brought into his household such toys as a pinball table, Atari 2600 game console, and Apple II computer, exposing his four sons to advances that would revolutionize...
Topics: Apple II, Chrysler, comic books, dad, Edward F. Gagne, EFG, father, Father's Day, Imperial, Kick...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/06/24/pg24-edward-f-gagne/
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Jun 10, 2015 Ken Gagne
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GTFO is a documentary about women, discrimination, and misogyny in video games. Featuring interviews with Brianna Wu, Maddy Myers, Courtney Stanton, Jenny Haniver, and more, the film examines gamers' experiences as developers, journalists, competitors, academics, and community organizers. Filming began in 2012 and concluded in mid-2014, months before GamerGate broke, demonstrating that these issues are systemic, extending beyond a few high-profile incidences. In this interview with director...
Topics: director, documentary, film, GamerGate, Get The Fuck Out, GTFO, misogyny, Monica Castillo, movie,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/06/10/pg23-gtfo/
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May 27, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Gaming In Color is a feature documentary exploring the queer side of gaming. After being Kickstarted in 2013 and enjoying a limited release in 2014, the film had its official debut on May 19, 2015. Featuring interviews with GaymerX organizers and attendees and discussing topics such as representation in video games, Gaming In Color serves as a 62-minute primer on the intersection of sexuality and gaming. In this interview, Gaming In Color director Philip Jones discusses how they took over the...
Topics: Amazon, director, documentary, film, Gaming In Color, GaymerX, LGBT, MidBoss, movie, Netflix,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/05/27/pg22-philip-jones/
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Sabriel Mastin is a prolific game reviewer and YouTube personality, having produced content for such sites as Indie Haven and Indie Gamer Chick. She has attended both PAX East and PAX South and is a regular guest at events in the Minneapolis area, only a short drive from her native Fargo. And, if all that weren't enough, Sabriel is also a former roller-derby athlete, having torn up the local circuit with her unique brand of hell on wheels. In this episode, Sabriel and Ken talk about how to...
Topics: CSS, Fargo, games writing, hashtag, HTML, indie, indie game, Indie Gamer Chick, indie games, Indie...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/05/13/pg21-sabriel-mastin/
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Elisa Meléndez recently spoke on a PAX East 2015 panel about how we create and identify with our avatars in virtual game worlds. This is one of just many topics she's researched as part of her Ph.D studies in comparative sociology — and her academic career is just one of Elisa's many aspects. In this podcast, she discusses being, in her husband's words, a "triple threat" — a queer woman of color — in the gaming industry, the whitewashing of PAX East, a sociological perspective...
Topics: avatars, badass, bisexual, bisexuality, coming out, comparative sociology, Crimson, Elisa...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/04/08/pg19-elisa-melendez/
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Mar 25, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Charles Battersby hosted the PAX East 2015 panel "The End Boss Doesn't Exist: Atheism in Video Games", featuring Ken Levine of Irrational Games and Chris Avellone of Obsidian Entertainment. The panel played to a packed house, such that I couldn't get in — so I invited Charles onto Polygamer to discuss what I missed! In this interview, Charles defines some basic terminology before fielding such questions as why atheists are drawn to video games; why religion seems to influence music...
Topics: agnostic, agnosticism, atheism, atheist, Charles Battersby, Chris Avellone, church, deism, faith,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/03/25/pg18-charles-battersby/
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Mar 11, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Jandy Hardesty is a prolific producer and consumer of media. As a film critic, she blogs at The Frame and contributes to Row Three , where she co-hosts the podcast Not at Odds . She’s also a prolific gamer, having poured dozens of hours into games such as Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mass Effect 2, often producing videos for her YouTube and Twitch channels. She does all this while holding a full-time job as a writer and producer and raising a toddler. In this interview, Jandy and Ken discuss...
Topics: cinema, critic, criticism, critique, faithx5, film, Frame, Jandy Hardesty, movies, Not at Odds, Row...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/03/11/pg17-jandy-hardesty/
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Fiona Cherbak is a human resources and staffing specialist with a storied career in the entertainment and games industries. At this year's Game Developers Conference, she will moderate the panel " Turning the Tide: Hiring and Retaining Women in the Games Industry ". In this exclusive preview with Polygamer , Cherbak discusses how and where in the pipeline to effect change in the industry's gender diversity; how to create work environments that are appealing and safe for women; and...
Topics: Austin, Boston, Boston Festival of Indie Games, BostonFIG, feminism, Fiona Cherbak, GDC, hiring,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/02/25/pg16-fiona-cherbak/
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Feb 11, 2015 Ken Gagne
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In January 2015, Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz debuted Crash Override , an online anti-harassment task force. The organization provides crisis center support, ongoing assistance to victims, and community outreach and activism. The network is staffed by online abuse survivors such as Lifschitz and Quinn, the latter being the developer of Depression Quest and the original target of GamerGate. In this interview, Quinn and Lifschitz discuss how Crash Override was designed to combat this new movement...
Topics: abuse, Alex Lifschitz, Crash Override, crisis center, cyberbullying, Depression Quest, doxxing,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/02/11/pg15-crash-override/
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Jan 28, 2015 Ken Gagne
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No role-playing game can present a greater challenge than the real-life role of parent — especially when you're a game developer. How does one juggle these dual roles and responsibilities? Are telecommuting and crunch time harder when you have kids? Does being a parent affect the kinds of games you'll produce or play? At the January 2015 monthly meetup of Women in Games Boston , I moderated a panel that addressed these topics and more. The five panelists were Boston-based game developers and...
Topics: Amanda Warner, Avida Michaud, Caleb Garner, children, Chris Hart, development, parenthood,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/01/28/pg14-parenting/
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Jan 14, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Lorien Green is a filmmaker, documentarian, gamer, parent, and introvert. In 2009, without any background in video production, she set out to film a documentary about the growing popularity of board games. The result, Going Cardboard , was a success, setting her on the path to her current project: a documentary about the resurgence of pinball called Shoot Again . In this episode of Polygamer , Lorien discusses how she got into filmmaking and pinball collecting and the technical know-how needed...
Topics: board games, documentarian, documentary, Going Cardboard, introversion, introvert, Lorien Green,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/01/14/pg13-lorien-green/
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Dec 26, 2014 Ken Gagne
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Sarah Wilson, aka PushingUpRoses, is an accomplished video producer, Let's Player, and writer. After pursuing a degree in creative writing and then apprenticing as a body piercer, she found her niche as a multimedia artist. On YouTube, Twitter, and Patreon, she has built a following devoted to her reviews and retrospectives of classic PC games. In this interview by Polygamer alumna Khadeja Merenkov , Roses discusses putting herself in her videos rather than play a character, how she balances...
Topics: body modification, Let's Play, Let's Player, LP, PushingUpRoses, PushinUpRoses, Sarah Wilson,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/11/26/pg10-pushinguproses/
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Dec 24, 2014 Ken Gagne
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GamerGate, feminism, Anita Sarkeesian, and gamer identity: these topics dominated online conversations throughout the latter half of 2014 — but how many people actually care? Is it a just vocal minority that are engaged in these debates, leaving most gamers to play their games in peace, isolated from gaming's larger context, culture, and community? In a recent episode of Less Than or Equal , I posited that most consumers in the gaming industry have no awareness of these issues and movements....
Topics: Anita Sarkeesian, Depression Quest, Feminist Frequency, gamer, GamerGate, GG, identity, Zoe Quinn
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/12/24/pg12-outsiders/
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Dec 10, 2014 Ken Gagne
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That Dragon, Cancer is a game that represents the experiences of the Green family as they lived with and cared for Joel Green, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at 1 year old. Through a variety of metaphorical first-person scenarios, the game recreates what it was like to know and play with Joel, take care of him in the hospital, and receive prognoses from doctors. It is a heart-wrenching game that gives us the opportunity to live a situation we hope to never encounter in real life. Although...
Topics: brain cancer, cancer, empathy game, God At Play, ICU, Joel Evan Green, Joel Green, Josh Larson,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/12/10/pg11-thatdragoncancer/
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Nov 12, 2014 Ken Gagne
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Duane de Four is an educator and activist specializing in gender violence prevention, bystander intervention, diversity, and sexual health education. He's also a hardcore gamer and media critic who has spoken at PAX East on gender representation in games and gender equality in the gaming industry. In this episode of Polygamer , de Four speaks with Ken Gagne about how male and female characters are treated differently in such games as Batman: Arkham City, the toxic masculinity that has...
Topics: Duane de Four, feminism, GamerGate, How Manly, manhood, manliness, masculinity, men, rape, toxic...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/11/12/pg09-duane-de-four/
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Oct 22, 2014 Ken Gagne
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Chris Barney is a game developer who sees games as an engine of social capital. As a maturing medium, video games have the potential to reinforce, shape, and influence societal norms and values toward sexism, racism, upward mobility, and other constructs. How do video games do this, and how can game developers balance this responsibility to their audience with the responsibility to their shareholders? Can video games truly make us violent? Can a single video game change the world? Reprising his...
Topics: BostonFIG, Chris Barney, Christopher Barney, game development, SJW, social capital, social justice,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/10/22/pgo8-chris-barney-social-justice/
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Oct 8, 2014 Ken Gagne
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Take This is a non-profit charity founded in 2012 in response to the tragic suicide of a gaming journalist. The organization promotes awareness and education of mental health issues through outreach to gamers both online, through a variety of Twitter campaigns and initiatives, and offline, by hosting "AFK Rooms" at events such as PAX. In this interview, Ken Gagne speaks with Take This co-founders Susan Arendt and Russ Pitts about the organization's founding, the social stigma of...
Topics: AFK Room, charity, depression, Mark Kline, mental health, non-profit, PAX, PAX East, Russ Pitts,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/10/08/pg07-take-this/
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Sep 24, 2014 Ken Gagne
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At PAX East 2014, I moderated a panel titled " Sex, Sexy & Sexism: Fixing Gender Inequality in Gaming " in which three women and two men discussed the problems and solutions facing the industry. Four months later at PAX Prime, those same three women reunited for another panel: "The F Word", that being "feminism". In this panel, they share their experiences in the industry, giving us some perspective on problems that may not be obvious to those who have not...
Topics: Alexa Ray Corriea, Andrea Rene, Brianna Wu, BrokenCRT, F Word, feminism, panel, PAX, PAX Prime,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/09/24/pg06-f-word-pax-prime/